Apparently video games can have serious real life consequences. Check out this Time article about how a woman divorced her husband in real life because he cheated on her in the game Second Life.
I’ve heard of other incidents such as people suing others for stealing their virtual “property,” but this one takes the cake. Pretty soon, there won’t be much difference between the real and virtual worlds.
Excerpt – “When Briton Amy Taylor caught her husband cheating on her with a prostitute, she reacted as many women would – she filed for divorce. What made the break up newsworthy was that the “cheating” was virtual and the “prostitute” was actually a divorced mother of two living in Arkansas. Taylor’s husband committed the infidelity using his avatar in the computer role-playing game Second Life, but Taylor – who married her husband in 2005 and again in a lavish virtual ceremony in Second Life -viewed the online betrayal as cheating and used it as grounds for a very real divorce in the British courts.”